1690 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Sir Philip Sidney

Anthony Wood, in Athenae Oxonienses (1690-91; 1721) 1:226.



PHILIP SIDNEY, the short-liv'd Ornament of his noble Family, and the Marcellus of the English Nation, hath deserv'd, and without dispute or envy enjoy'd, the most exalted praises of his own and of succeeding Ages. The Poets of his time, especially Spencer, reverenc'd him not only as a Patron, but a Master; and he was almost the only Person in any age (I will not except Maecenas) that could teach the best rules of Poetry, and most freely reward the performances of Poets. He was a Man of a sweet nature, of excellent behaviour, of much, and withal of well digested, learning; so that rarely Wit, Courage, Breeding, and other additional accomplishments of Conversation have met in so high a degree in any single Person.